Chapter 3

Testing Your Strength, Setting Goals, and Tracking Your Progress

In This Chapter

arrow Testing your strength and endurance

arrow Setting successful training goals

arrow Tracking your progress in a workout diary

arrow Staying motivated to meet your goals

Taking tests from time to time isn’t so bad — if you’re taking a test for something you really want! Strength tests are particularly important when you begin a weight-training program. You need to know your starting point so you can set realistic goals and design a workout program that reflects your current abilities. As you get stronger, periodic strength testing can be a great measure of your achievements and keep you motivated to train. Some people are simply more data oriented than others, so how often you track your progress varies from person to person. For some people, recording daily details is relevant; for others, keeping records of annual tests is sufficiently motivating.

In this chapter, you discover a variety of strength tests appropriate for beginners, a proven strategy for achieving your goals, and a way to track your progress in ...

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